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Industrial Engineering & Management - Bachelor

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How can you make a production process operate sustainably and efficiently? How can you optimize the energy demand and supply using renewable energy? How are paprika-flavour crisps made and how are they kept fresh and crunchy?

The Bachelor’s degree programme in Industrial Engineering and Management will teach you how to use technology to enhance a product or production process and improve organizational processes. This requires a sound knowledge of engineering and awareness of the latest developments in the field, to be able to develop effective engineering solutions and implement these in an organization.

In fact, implementation is the second pillar of this programme: you will not only conceive solutions, you will also try to put them into practice. A technical solution can only be feasible if the project as a whole has been assessed for feasibility. What does it cost? Will anyone buy it? What do the employees think of it?

If you choose the IEM programme, you will be involved in analysing problems and then developing, designing and implementing solutions. You learn how to translate new technologies into practical solutions. This involves more than just the technical component. You analyse the problem, design a solution and consider the business aspects, including finance, planning, logistics and people.

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Is this the programme for you?

You enjoy doing physics, chemistry and mathematics. You are interested in engineering, but you do not want to spend the whole day doing research or working in a laboratory on your own. You are a people person, and results-oriented. If this is you, then you should consider Industrial Engineering and Management, because it is where all these things come together.

Job prospects

After graduating, you will be able to work in a wide range of companies and organizations, from multinationals to consultancies and from hospitals to factories. The technical expertise and business management insights of IEM graduates make them ideally suited to jobs at the interface of management and engineering, as product managers or process technologists, for example.

Job examples

  • Consultant
  • Positions in the pharmaceutical industry
  • Industrial-process expert
  • Manager


Ryanne van Kampen:
‘Tomorrow I’m starting a project for a company that produces steel plates for the shipbuilding industry. I’m going to research how the logistics of the presses used to bend the plates can be improved. First I will follow someone to see how everything works, from order to press and production. My task is to determine whether any improvements can be made to the process. It’s not without obligation – they are expecting me to come up with good ideas. I love the idea of getting involved on the factory floor, instead of just running calculations behind a desk.

That’s what appeals to me the most about this degree programme – you’re always looking at what you can do with your knowledge. I really like seeing the results of my work. The programme focused primarily on theory until now, but in this project I can bring theory and practice together. I also hope to discover which part of the programme suits me best in actual practice. After graduating I hope to find work improving logistics processes for factories.’

Rosa Veenbaas:
At the moment I’m doing research in Japan, which focuses on how robots walk. One of the main limitations of these humanoid robots is that they currently still consume a huge amount of energy, particularly for walking. I am testing various control systems to make a small robot walk more energy-efficiently. Many Japanese robots fail to make use of the natural pendulum action of legs and are controlled quite statically. This results in a stable walking motion, but uses a lot of energy. The challenge now is to build a robot that walks more efficiently without losing stability. I think that in twenty years’ time we’ll see robots being used in health care in Japan. Humanoid robots have been a common sight at exhibitions here for some time now and they get plenty of media attention. But they will need to be made more energy-efficient first.’

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